It’s not in a typical Singaporean’s habit to take time off work if they haven’t got specific plans in place.
But even if you’re simply spending your day off doing nothing at home, that’s still technically doing something to kick back, right?
Kind of, if you do it right. Here’s how to make the most out of your days off.
1. It’s not what you do, but how well you plan
Planning your day off will help you feel a lot more fulfilled than simply letting the day pass you by in a passive manner.
I mean, simply binge-watching TV is such a waste of time, right? Wrong. If you do just that consciously and intentionally (“today I’m going to spend the entire afternoon watching Game of Thrones”) you could well end up feeling great.
But it’s when you have zero intentions for the day and just end up listlessly doing nothing that you feel like you’ve wasted your day.
So let your leave days be as eventful, as relaxed or as cheap as you like. But just make sure you plan for them – but always room for spontaneity should you fancy!
2. Be aware of your surroundings and stay comfortable
If you’re unaware of your surroundings, your day passes by in a blur. Now, if that’s how you’re going to spend your day off, you might as well spend it at the office.
So you want to be as conscious of your surroundings as possible, and to make yourself as comfortable as possible.
Let’s say you want to read a book. Instead of plonking yourself down on your sofa with your kids’ screaming, head to your neighbourhood park instead. You’ll immediately feel more relaxed, yet it takes conscious observation of your surroundings to prompt you to make the move there.
You don’t need to spend a lot of money to be comfortable, you just need to be always evaluating your surroundings and thinking of how you can make yourself feel better.
3. Accomplish something
There’s probably a ton of stuff you’ve wanted to do in your spare time (and if there isn’t, you need a life) other than work.
Singaporeans complain they have no time to read, and judging by the soaring rates of diabetes, nobody’s exercising, either. Or maybe you see your kids so seldom they’re starting to confuse you with random aunties or uncles on the street.
Well, your day off gives you the chance to do all of the above and more. Plan to accomplish something you’ve been putting off for a while.
When you accomplish something that matters to you, you’re not going to be as paranoid about how the world is going to end just because you didn’t show up at the office for one day.
By Joanne Poh, MoneySmart, July 2016
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